A Guide to the Gottlieb Christian Daniel Toepperwein Reminiscences, 1767-1857
Born in Halberstadt, Germany, Gottlieb Christian Gottfried Daniel Toepperwein (b. 1767) was the son of Paul Siegmund Toepperwein and Johanna Catharina Elizabeth Hanisch. Following his father’s death when Toepperwein was three years old, his mother married Toepperwein’s stepfather Friedrich Rühland. In 1782, he finished his education and traveled abroad until he entered the 8th Infantry Regiment of Von Hago’s company in the Hannover service. After holding several other positions in the Prussian army, including service in the Royal Infantry Regiment of the Duke of Braunschweig for nearly twenty years, Toepperwein worked as a tax assessor in Warsleben. He married Catharine Elizabeth Finck (1771-1831) of Emersleben, with whom he had ten children. One of his sons, Lucien Ferdinand (b. 1810), immigrated to Texas in 1850 with his wife Marie Elizabeth Leiclich, settling in Fredericksburg.
Comprised of a typescript translation of an original German text, the Gottlieb Christian Daniel Toepperwein Reminiscences, 1767-1857, chronicle Gottlieb Toepperwein’s experiences as a soldier in the Prussian Army and as a tax assessor, as well as the experiences of his son, Lucien Ferdinand, and the Toepperwein family history. The reminiscences discuss various Prussian social and political issues, especially during the reign of Frederick II, as well as travel throughout Prussia, and life in the army. Writing pertaining to Lucien describes immigration to Fredericksburg, Texas.
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Gottlieb Christian Daniel Toepperwein Reminiscences, 1767-1857, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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